The Open Inno­va­ti­on Rese­arch Clus­ter AMAP was for­med from a group of indus­tri­al com­pa­nies and uni­ver­si­ty insti­tu­tes of the RWTH Aachen Uni­ver­si­ty in the field of mate­ri­als engi­nee­ring of non-fer­rous metals and their pro­duc­tion and pro­ces­sing. AMAP stands for “Advan­ced Metals And Pro­ces­ses” and con­cen­tra­tes on the field of non-fer­rous metals, initi­al­ly in par­ti­cu­lar alu­mi­ni­um-based metals. Open Inno­va­ti­on pur­sues an R&D and inno­va­ti­on stra­tegy in which par­ti­ci­pa­ting uni­ver­si­ty insti­tu­tes of RWTH Aachen Uni­ver­si­ty and indus­tri­al part­ners con­tri­bu­te their tech­no­lo­gies and pro­ducts. The gene­ra­ti­on of new ide­as and the bund­ling of com­plex know­ledge of both the RWTH insti­tu­tes and the indus­tri­al rese­arch part­ners in pro­ject work are the essen­ti­al foun­da­ti­ons of this win-win part­ner­ship. Pro­fi­ta­ble deve­lo­p­ment work and a bet­ter risk dis­tri­bu­ti­on for all part­ners invol­ved in the rese­arch clus­ter are fur­ther advan­ta­ges that go hand in hand with this cooperation.

Within the frame­work of the AMAP clus­ter, nine pro­jects with dif­fe­rent focal points were deve­lo­ped in the first three years:

  • P1: Model­ling of com­pon­ents made of rol­led and annea­led alu­mi­num sheets with par­ti­cu­lar pro­per­ties for the auto­mo­ti­ve industry
  • P2: Micros­truc­tu­re Model­ling in Forming Processes
  • P4: Melt Cleanliness
  • P5: Sus­tainable Recy­cling Con­cept: Effi­ci­ent Melting
  • P6: Hot Dis­tor­ti­on of Sand Cores during Casting
  • P7: Ultra High Strength Alu­mi­ni­um Alloys for the Auto­mo­ti­ve Lar­ge-Sca­le Production
  • P8: “INTER­aCT” — Inter­gra­nu­lar Cor­ro­si­on Test­ing of 6xxx-Aluminum Alloys
  • P9: Pre­dic­tion of Final Properties
  • P10: Design and Pro­cess Deve­lo­p­ment of hol­low struc­tu­ral HPDC Com­pon­ents (high Pres­su­re Die Cast)

The Depart­ment for Indus­tri­al Fur­naces and Heat Engi­nee­ring (IOB) is invol­ved in pro­ject 5 with the model­ling of the fur­nace process.